Support for youngsters living with cerebral palsy

The Children’s Foundation were able to hold a special Cerebral Palsy Regional Small Grant round and 5 community groups were awarded over £5,000 in total to help to enhance the lives of young people affected by cerebral palsy. Those receiving grants this round are Cerebral Palsy Sport, Newcastle United Foundation, Special Olympics Gateshead, Darlington Harriers and Heel & Toe Children’s Charity.

£1,000 will be going to Newcastle United Foundation for a ‘Football for All’ Disability Project, to pay for venue hire, coach time, travel and equipment. 

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been awarded £1,500 for a Frame Football programme to be delivered in Newcastle upon Tyne, which will cover staff costs, the venue, coaches, staff travel and volunteer costs, plus medals and certificates.

Ryton-based Special Olympics Gateshead Tyne & Wear will receive £1,000 for ‘Project Uplift’, to help young athletes attending competitions up and down the country with entry fees, transport and accommodation costs, and to publish brochures to raise the profile of this sporting club to specialist schools.

Keith Hogan from Special Olympics Gateshead Tyne & Wear, said:

“We are overjoyed at the prospect of receiving a £1,000 Children’s Foundation Cerebral Palsy grant. These funds will be invaluable in enabling children with disabilities to be involved in the Special Olympics programme, demonstrating from their participation in sports that ‘there is an Olympian in every one of us’. For children with cerebral palsy, the greatest lesson will be discovering what they’re capable of and this increased confidence will be the stepping stone in aiding them to be the best they can be.”

Darlington Harriers is another grant-winner. £1,000 will go towards soft plyometric boxes, portable mini hurdles, a ball-balance trainer, and weight-lifting equipment.

Finally, Heel & Toe Children’s Charity, based in Chester-le-Street will receive £978.77 towards a bubble wall.

The Children’s Foundation’s Kerry McCormack is keen to hear from other groups working with children in the community:

“Nearly £5,500 was awarded this round and we hope this will encourage other groups to think about applying for a Children’s Foundation Regional Small Grant in future.”

Nicola Crawford, Director of Operations for The Children’s Foundation explains:

“Since the Regional Grants Panel was established in 1993, over £275,000 has been awarded to 327 community projects, impacting more than 51,000 children. Without the financial support of The Children’s Foundation, these groups would struggle to find the funding they need to meet the individual needs of disadvantaged or disabled young people in the North East and North Cumbria.”